Question agnosticism and change of state


  • Aaron Steven White
  • Kyle Rawlins


We give an account of the selectional behavior of cognitive change-of-state verbs, such as decide, that attempts to reduce this behavior to their change-of-state event structure. In particular, we argue that, if a cognitive verb is change-of-state, it is Q-agnostic—i.e. it selects both declarative and interrogative clauses. This augments previous accounts of Q-agnosticism, which have tied the distribution of declarative and interrogative clauses to semanticopragmatic notions like factivity and veridicality but which fail on nonveridical predicates like decide.


How to Cite

White, A. S., & Rawlins, K. (2019). Question agnosticism and change of state. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 21(2), 1325–1342. Retrieved from